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S E A S O N I N R E V I E W UNIVERSITY OF MIAMI DEFENSE LEADS CANES PAST GEORGIA TECH Game 4 • Oct. 1, 2016 • Miami 35, Georgia Tech 21 • Atlanta, GA No. 14 Miami used a 21-point outburst late in the second quarter to take control of its conference opener, and remained undefeated with a 35-21 win over host Georgia Tech at Bobby Dodd Stadium. Scoop-and-scores on back-to-back defensive stands by freshmen Shaquille Quarterman and Joe Jackson were preceded by a 14-yard scoring run from sophomore Mark Walton, as Miami scored three touchdowns in a span of 1:38 to seize momentum before halftime. The Yellow Jackets scored 14 unanswered to cut Miami’s lead to 28-21, but Miami used a 31-yard touchdown reception from senior Stacy Coley to retake a two-score lead in the third quarter. Looking to cut into the deficit in the fourth, Georgia Tech failed to convert a 4th & 2 from the Miami 21-yard line on a crucial pass breakup by Rayshawn Jenkins in the endzone, helping seal the win and improving Miami to 4-0 for the first time since 2013. The Hurricanes (4-0, 1-0 ACC) won for the seventh time in their last eight games against the Jackets (3-2, 0-2) in Richt’s 200th game as head coach. CANES’ SUFFER FIRST LOSS OF THE SEASON Game 5 • Oct. 8, 2016 • Florida State 20, Miami 19 • Tallahassee, FL No. 10 Miami dropped its first game of the season on Oct. 8, falling to No. 23 Florida State 20-19 at Hard Rock Stadium. Trailing by seven points with 3:19 to go, the Hurricanes were jump-started late on a 43-yard punt return from junior Braxton Berrios that put Miami at the Florida State 16-yard line. Junior quarterback Brad Kaaya then hit wide receiver Stacy Coley in the end zone on a 4thand 5 play with 1:38 left, but Michael Badgley’s extra point attempt was blocked by Florida State’s DeMarcus Walker to maintain the Seminoles’ late lead. Florida State (4-2, 1-2 ACC) fielded the final kickoff and collected two first downs to clinch the victory. Miami (4-1, 1-1) jumped out to a 13-0 lead in the first half, but the Seminoles scored 20 straight points in front of a sellout crowd of 65,685 in the annual installation of the rivalry series. COMEBACK ATTEMPT COMES UP SHORT IN LOSS Game 6 • Oct. 15, 2016 • North Carolina 20, Miami 13 • Miami, FL A second-half comeback effort by No. 16 Miami was thwarted on Oct. 15, as ACC divisonal foe North Carolina held on for a 20-13 win at Hard Rock Stadium. Trailing by 17 points at halftime, the Miami defense stood tall against a talented Tar Heels offense over the final two periods while the offense cut into the three-possession deficit. Having outscored North Carolina 10-0 over the final two periods, Miami (4-2, 1-2 ACC) received a punt with under two minutes remaining in the game trailing by just a touchdown. But a strip-sack of Kaaya recovered by North Carolina with 1:27 remaining ended the comeback effort in front of 58,731. Facing their biggest deficit of the year in the second half, the Hurricanes would not go quietly. A streak of four straight three-and-outs was snapped by the Miami offense was snapped on a fourplay, 61-yard drive with less than five minutes remaining in the third quarter. Quarterback Brad Kaaya hit freshman Ahmmon Richards for a 30-yard gain up the right sideline, junior Christopher Herndon IV followed with a 26-yard catch, and after a 3-yard rush from sophomore running back Mark Walton, junior Joe Yearby plunged in from two yards out to cut the margin to 20-10. 5 4 2 0 1 6 R U S S E L L AT H L E T I C B O W L Shaquille Quarterman Jamal Carter David Njoku


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